Dirty Laundry

Mothers have always instructed their daughters not to talk about their “dirty laundry” in public, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do today. Don’t get too excited – I’m talking about la ropa sucia for real, not mi familia. (Besides, I already tell you plenty about Suegra!)

Remember when I blogged about the Mexican laundry detergent Foca? It seemed like a good bargain pero al fin, when the laundry comes out of the dryer, no huele a nada – and I like my laundry to have a nice, strong scent or I feel like I completely wasted my time.

Bueno, because of my blog post about Foca, I was contacted by the people at Gain, who apparently are confident enough in their product that they’re not scared off by a little competition from south of the border. They assured me that their laundry products leave a great scent and offered to send me some to try.

Days later, a package arrived on my doorstep and let me just say that I could smell the Gain while it was inside the shipping box, which was heavily taped. That made me optimistic, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up because as Foca proved, even if the detergent itself is strongly scented, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to leave a scent on the laundry.

So, the only way to know is to give it a try. I did a load of laundry using all three Gain products, (detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheet), and it smelled amazing. It actually made the whole house smell fresh and clean. (They have many scents, but the one I was given is called “Original Fresh” or “Frescura Original”.)

My nose is very sensitive, so I didn’t know if anyone else in the house would notice, but Carlos took one whiff and begged me to wash the bed linens in it even though I had washed them just the day before and it was only hours from bed time. As much as I love sleeping in blankets that smell good, I was too tired, and Carlos ended up doing it himself.

(Note: If your husband isn’t in the habit of doing laundry, I can’t promise that Gain will make him more likely to randomly wash the linens. My macho just happens to like doing laundry.) – Anyhow, sleeping in blankets washed in Gain was sooo nice. I actually fell asleep smiling.

So, final verdict? Even though I love plenty of products que son hechos en México, this time around, Gain is the winner – hands down. I won’t be buying Foca again, (as much as I love to say the word.)

Okay, you want to try Gain for yourself? Qué bien! I just happen to be having a GIVEAWAY!!!

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We have a winner! Felicidades to Melanie of ModernMami.com!

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(I’m going to pretend you’re all going insane and crying tears of joy like Oprah’s audience.)

One lucky winner will receive a prize pack valued at $20 containing:

• Gain laundry detergent
• Gain fabric softener
• Gain dryer sheets
• (New!) Gain dish-washing liquid
• coupons!


1. Winner must provide a U.S. address for prize shipment. No P.O. Boxes.

2. Visit YoAmoGain.com and then come back to leave me a comment telling me what you like about their website or which products you’d be most eager to try.

3. One entry per person and make sure you use a valid E-mail address.

4. No entries will be accepted after midnight EST on December 12th, 2010. The randomly selected winner will be announced the following day on this post and contacted via E-mail. Winner has 24 hours to respond with shipping information or another winner will be selected.

¡Buena suerte!

Disclosure: Product samples for review and prize pack for winner provided at no cost to Latinaish.com.

Contest: Design a T-shirt for Surropa.com!

Yesterday on Twitter I announced a special deal for my readers. Surropa.com agreed to give you all 15% off your purchases using coupon code “latinaish” until June 30th.

Today I chatted with them and they said we could have some more fun by holding a contest here. All you have to do is go over to Surropa.com, look at the women’s T-shirt line to get an idea of what sort of designs/messages they create. Then come back here and comment with your idea for a new T-shirt you think they should make. You can describe a new theme, topic, text and/or design. If yours is the winning idea, you’ll win the shirt you helped inspire! Qué chivo, verdad?

Contest closed. No new entries being accepted. Thank you.

Disclosure: Just in case you’re wondering, no compensation, monetary or otherwise, was received in return for this post.

Latino Books Month (Giveaway!)


Congratulations, Benita!

The winner was selected using Random.org.

Hachette Book Group is always so generous with these giveaways that they allow me to host. I usually do them on my book review blog, but I thought my readers here at Latina-ish would especially enjoy this one.

In honor of Latino Books Month, Hachette will allow one winner to choose ANY THREE of the books below:

Try to Remember By Iris Gomez
Hot (broke) Messes By Nancy Trejos
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter By Kathy Cano-Murillo
Little Nuggets of Wisdom By Chuy Bravo, Tom Brunelle
Lone Star Legend By Gwendolyn Zepeda
Into the Beautiful North By Luis Alberto Urrea
Amigoland By Oscar Casares

I’ve personally read a few of these and they’re great! (Into the Beautiful North is one of my all time favorites.)

Here’s how to win:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me which 3 books you would choose from the above selections if you win.

2. Make sure you leave a valid E-mail address in the E-mail address field so you can be contacted if you’re the winner.

3. Contest closes May 28th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org. The winner will then be announced here and contacted via E-mail on May 29th.

4. When contacted, please provide your shipping information so Hachette can send your prize. U.S. and Canada only. No PO Boxes, please.

¡Buena suerte! (Good luck!)

Disclosure: Just in case you’re wondering, no compensation, monetary or otherwise, was received in return for this post.